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October 2, 2015

Loved It: Madame X by Jasinda Wilder

Series: Madame X 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Dark Romance | Erotica

My name is Madame X.
I’m the best at what I do.
And you’d do well to follow my rules...


Hired to transform the uncultured, inept sons of the wealthy and powerful into decisive, confident men, Madame X is a master of the art of control. With a single glance she can cut you down to nothing, or make you feel like a king.

But there is only one man who can claim her body—and her soul.

Undone time and again by his exquisite dominance, X craves and fears his desire in equal measure. And while she longs for a different path, X has never known anything or anyone else—until now.



MADAME X is my first Jasinda Wilder novel and oh, how she rocked my world! MADAME X is one of those polarizing reads: you either love it or hate it, there's no in-between. Personally, I hated the situation these characters find themselves in:

  • Madame X: She's a power coach, teaching rich brats how to hide their darkness and weild their power in the world. The juxtaposition is, X's Alpha persona is nothing but a facade as she  is owned by her savior/captor, Caleb Indigo. I say savior because 6 years ago Caleb found X close to death and so traumatized that she had amnesia. So Caleb gave X a new life, new identity, and no she owes him and he owns her. Their relationship isn't necessarily that of the BDSM variety, but Caleb made it clear that X is his property, for his pleasure and his only. And though X tries to resist Caleb, run away from him and nix his claim, she's locked in her gilded cage that she can't get away even if she wants to. 

  • Caleb: I dislike this dude so much! *teeth gnashing* Sure he "saved" X when she was assaulted and gave her a life  but he's not treating her any better. He brainwashed X so good, twisted reality so bad that X doesn't know which way is up anymore. 

  • Logan: The knight in shining armor. I hope X's rose colored glasses breaks and just run off with Logan. 

I was seething the entire time I was reading MADAME X. For all the wisdom that X is doling out to her clients, for all the knowledge she's getting from her impressive books, her IQ seems to melt away when it comes to Caleb. 

Yet inspite of my extreme vexation over MADAME X and its events, I can't deny that I'm affected by this dark romantic tale, and I'm definitely intrigued by the mystery surrounding X: Who is she? Why was she assaulted and her family murdered? What is Caleb hiding? Is Logan a knight, or another wolf in disguise? How is X going to escape Caleb's web? Will she embrace her freedom when it becomes available to her?

MADAME X is one of those books I'd love to hate, but this Pavlovian tale is so well written and told in such an interesting way I was captivated from beginning to end. The point of view shifts from second person to first person when Logan entered her life, and back again to second person in reference to Caleb. It's a simple change but a powerful device and somewhat metaphorical to demonstrate X's awakening and Logan's role in her life. I can't wait to read the next book, like X, I too need answers and I'm hoping the revelations will be devastating.









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37 comments:

  1. I would want to read this because it shifts narratives. Its hard to find a book that can pull that off and it looks like this one can ;)

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    1. Oh yes, it was a very interesting storytelling style. I thought it's going to be confusing, but I acclimated to it right away

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  2. It sounds like a really different book there, I didn't know about it but it's quite intriguing. I'm gladyou had such a feeling for the story. I'm curious!

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    1. It is! I want to know who madame X is, like is she someone important or just a random victim of violence

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  3. Ohhhmg, I so wanna read this! I've had it up to here with Dom/sub reads in a way, but this sounds like such an intriguing perspective on things :D I want :D

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    1. This isn't like that, but it might was well be. I think you will find this one very entertaining

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  4. Fantastic review, Braine! I can feel your conflicted-ness and that you were affected by this story. I was already intrigued with the story but I'm thinking I'm going to meet JWilder through this book. #anxiousreader

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    1. Oh yes, it's similar to Consequences where you want to throttle everyone but can't turn away!

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  5. Hmmm do you think I'd enjoy this one Braine?

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    1. Yes! It's going to be a different read for you, but I'm sure you'll find it interesting at least.

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  6. Added! I have some of her books on my Kindle, but I haven't read them.

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    1. Me too, now I feel like reading them!

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  7. Logan being all knight in shining armor sounds like I could love to read about him too

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  8. Ok Braine, just wow! I'm not into too many e-roms but I think I may have to give this one a try. Thanks for the Powerful review!

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    1. Awww, thanks, Debbie. That is a compliment coming from you

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  9. Ok wow, that sounds awesome. At first I thought it would be all about her but it sounds more like it's about him and her if that makes sense. Sounds very powerful.

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    1. Yes, the character development here is great and the story isn't done yet

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  10. Sounds like an X-rated comic, dude! Totally awesome :) Have a lovely weekend!

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  11. I almost grabbed this one. I can definitely see how it's a love or hate it type of thing. I'm sure the whole Caleb situation would drive me crazy, but I guess that's sort of part of the point. I might still read it out of curiosity.

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  12. I have to admit the blurb didn't appeal but your review really has me wanting to get this one. Oh I wanna know too! Maybe I need to wait for the next one to be out...

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    1. The next one comes out March of next year I think...

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  13. Woo hoo for those wonderful reads!! Have a great weekend Braine!

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  14. I already want to punch Caleb in the face! Sounds awesome though.

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    1. Oh he will make you do that. I wanted to murder him

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  15. curious... I have read her book before and enjoyed the writing.

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    1. This is my first and now I want more. I'm officially a fan!

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  16. This looks like a great book. I'm going to have to check this out. I do love dark erotica/romance. It is a hard genre to do well, but when done well, I love it. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. You're welcome, I hope you enjoy it!

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  17. I was totally on board until you said that you want to read the next book. All these dark books that have no resolution in book 1 are kind of driving me bonkers. Think maybe I'll avoid this one for now.

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  18. Sounds like a difficult situation these characters find them in with caleb owning X and she teaching others what she can't do herself. The suspense element sounds very interesting with her not remembering who and what she was. The change from second to first person when Logan appears sounds like an interesting way to show her change. Great Review!

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  19. Sigh... this one has been on my hit list for a while, and I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. I am curious about X's life from before too. I want to know more about Caleb and how Logan comes into it all!

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